Tulsi Gabbard Wavers on Ukraine War Support, Pleads With Putin to Retreat

Former Hawaii Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has pleaded with Vladimir Putin to halt his invasion of Ukraine following her earlier defense of Russia.

Gabbard, who represented Hawaii's 2nd congressional district between 2013 to 2021 took to Twitter to call on Putin to bring an end to the conflict.

"It's clear that the Russian people and the Ukrainian people both just want to live in peace so I implore you end this assault now before it gets to the point of no return and the suffering becomes unimaginable," she said.

In a follow-up tweet, Gabbard added: "Dear Presidents Putin, [Volodymyr] Zelenskyy and [Joe] Biden.

"It's time to put geopolitics aside and embrace the spirit of aloha, respect and live for the Ukrainian people by coming to an agreement that Ukraine will be a neutral country—no military alliance with NATO or Russia—and therefore alleviate the legitimate security concerns of both U.S. and NATO countries, as well as Russia.

"Because there would be no Russian or NATO troops on each other's non-Baltic borders. This would allow the Ukrainian people to live in peace. Aloha."

Gabbard has previously appeared to defend Putin, citing the Russian leader's security concerns about both the U.S. and NATO's eastward expansion.

Speaking to Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday, Gabbard said: "Putin has made clear all along that their security, in his mind, is what's at stake here. And they do not want to see U.S. and NATO troops."

But Hannity waded in and pushed back against Gabbard, adding: "Putin also said Ukraine is not a country and he has been saying this many, many years. So these territorial ambitions have existed a long time."

Gabbard also previously told Fox News talisman Tucker Carlson that she believed the Biden administration wanted Russia to invade Ukraine so the U.S. could impose "draconian" sanctions.

Earlier this month, Gabbard previously said "Ukraine isn't actually a democracy" citing President Zelenskyy's attempts to have his political opponent Petro Poroshenko jailed.

Poroshenko, a former president of Ukraine, has previously been accused by Zelenskyy of treason.

The former president denied the charges against him and said they were politically motivated, according to CNN.

But, Poroshenko has since taken up arms along Ukrainian citizens following Putin's invasion of the country.

On February 24, President Zelenskyy said he would allow Ukrainian citizens to take up arms to defend the country.

His tweet read: "We will lift sanctions on all citizens of Ukraine who are ready to defend our country as part of territorial defense with weapons in hands."

Newsweek has contacted Gabbard for comment.

Tulsi Gabbard and Vladimir Putin
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